Wednesday, June 3, 2009

How To Build A Robot Army, and New NGC Premiere


My wife, knowing my love for Robots picked me up "How To Build A Robot Army". Robots have gotten a lot of bad press, what with shows like Battlestar Galactica or the Terminator series of movies, you know the cliche-ick (wd) plot line... Man creates Robot, Robot gets smarter and stronger then Man, Robot tries to destroy Man, very unfair for the Robots....People ..Robots are our friends, they only want what's best for their creators and this book shows that side of Robots.


The Book does a good job of letting the reader know the state of affairs concerning Robots in today's world and also how we might improve them by weaponizing and training them for battle, because we all know, surely the world of tomorrow is going to be fraught with danger, anybody that's watched movies knows this to be true.

So where do you start, author Daniel Wilson suggest starting your own Robot army can be as simple as duct taping a steak knife or Scissors to the top of a Robot vac, if an alien attacks, just point the bot at the unsuspecting Alien, then when the Alien goes to step on your low profile bot, you have your first victim, I'm thinking especially if it is a one legged variety Alien.

With titles of chapters like"How to Convert your Car into an Unmanned Ground Vehicle", "How To Keep A Sexy Fembot Fit For Battle" or "How To Deploy Spying Robots Bugs", you'll be set for any battles against any evildoers whether it be , Aliens, Vampires, Ninjas, Godzilla, Werewolves or White Sharks.



Just a heads up, tomorrow, June 4 at 9 pm EDT on the National Geographic Channel," World's Toughest Fixes: Satellite Launch." Get a behind the scenes look at what goes into launching a 250 million dollar 2 ton communications satellite on top of a rocket the size of a 12 story building. Watch as teams of scientists and engineers race to make final repairs and the launch window from French Guiana. I am hearing through my National Geographic Channel contact there are more excellent space show premieres coming up in August so stay tuned for further updates.

I 'll leave you now with an excellent YouTube video about Robots.

74 comments:

Swubird said...

Bob:

Great post. I also love robots. I can't wait for Asimov's dream to come true, and with the latest advances in computer technology and micromechanics, it could be sooner than we think. In the meantime, my daughter bought me an iRobot vacuum cleaner. But truthfully, the iRobot has a long way to go before we need be concerned about robots taking over the world.

Love the videos and I will watch out for the TV. The news video with the "robot cavity search" was very funny.

Happy trails.

Stephanie B said...

I have two Roombas! We're saved!

Not that I'm particularly worried about aliens or zombies, nor am I sure how they'll help against Great White Sharks (though what a shark would want in the contaminated water off Galveston I have no idea).

I often think people really have no real appreciation for how bloody difficult it is to launch things into space. Kudos for those out to educate our public.

Ivanhoe said...

The book is not my cup of tea even though I must admit it sounds funny :o) But I could watch the NGC all day. That and the HGTV...

Nancy said...

My husband is also into robots, I don't get it, but hey if he likes it and it keeps him happy, then I'm happy too.

Bob Johnson said...

Lol swubird, I also liked the cavity search part, hey duct tape a steak knife to your bot and you're good to go,lol.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Lol Stephanie, good for you, as long as you have steak knives no prob. It always amazes me when I see a rocket launched into space, would really love to see a launch live.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Lol Nancy, I do think it a guy thing more then a girl thing, there is just something cool about robots, maybe that's why guys love remotes so much,lol.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Hi Ivanhoe, me too NGC rocks, at least in the States, we don't get very many space shows up here but they do have some other great stuff on.\m/\m/

kml said...

Steak knives?? Too funny!

Ruth said...

Haha, human section of the bus, hehe.

I liked all this tongue-in-cheek. Do robots have tongues?

Marvin the Martian said...

Robots are expensive... slaves are cheap. Keeping slaves properly motivated is the problem. ;-)

I wish they had had a Robotics club back in high school or college, that would have been SO much fun!

Bob Johnson said...

Lol, thanks Kathy.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Lol Ruth, some do some don't.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Lol Marvin, slaves are cheaper in the short term.\m/\m/

betchai said...

I don't get robots :) and i do get inferior in college when i can hardly understand how they work and to make them work, but i do acknowledge their use in engineering and technology.

Bob Johnson said...

Hi betchai, yeah, you either get them or you don't.\m/\m/

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roentarre said...

This is great post and I am a fan of robots

Will said...

I have to admit when I think of robots all the common ideas of them taking over the world come to mind. Still I got a chuckle from that video!

Dr. Lauren said...
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Dr. Lauren said...

I 'll take a robot please, make that a dozen. Maybe they could do my math homework.lol

Bob Johnson said...

Hi Slogbite I will email you the proper address right away, thanks .\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks roentarre, me too.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Lol Will, oh, they will take over the world but they will only want what's best for us, and we will finally get flying cars thanks to them,lol.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Lol Dr.Lauren, I want one that kills dandelions and cuts the grass.\m/\m/

TatianaV said...

Well Bob, I guess robots are a guy's thing, a boy toy so to say :) But I do LOVE Battle Star Galactica however, and thanks for sharing those videos :)

Will said...

Finally? What do you mean? You don't have flying cars yet north of the border? I don't know how I would get to work without mine!

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Tatiana, I love BSG too, my all time fav sci fi series, I also loved the good Cylon robots,lol.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Lol Will, you guys have always been so far ahead of us technology wise especially with your flying cars,lol.

Anna said...

Robots, lol, I heard that robots been invented because we are becoming lazy, lol. My sister talks about robots all the time, doing stuff for her, lol, and I think it is crazy idea, lol, but now that I have so much to do, sometimes a cooking robot would be nice, lol. Excellent post as always, Anna :)

kRiZ cPEc said...

if used with care, and with due maintenance, robot slaves are more durable. LOL

Bob Johnson said...

Lol and thanks Anna, your sister is so right, see robots can free up more time for us , they can do housework and yard work while we blog, win win situation,lol.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Lol, exactly kRiZ cPEc.\m/\m/

Livingsword said...

Hi Bob!

ROFL

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Peter said...

If ever we're attacked by aliens, I'd suggest we just throw up our hands and give up. It won't take long for the aliens to figure out that we're doing a good enough job of killing ourselves, so they'll take flight back to wherever they came from, in fright!

Take Care,
Peter

Bob Johnson said...

Lol, very good Livingsword, now there is a friendly robot, I mean Android.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Lol Peter, I'm sure that's the only thing that is keeping them away, we are doing a better job of destroying ourselves,lol.\m/\m/

Max said...

Hey Lord of the Astrostuff :D!

LOL "People...Robots are our friends," LOL LOL so cute.
Well, I am one of those Robot-sceptics (I admit): I do think that they will get smarter and stronger than us and enslave us all *nodding*.

But if it ever happens, I am ready to be smarter than them, stronger, and then destroy them!

Oh-oh...that is exactly where the danger lies: weaponising robots.

"I'm thinking especially if it is a one legged variety Alien" - LOL LOL LOL you know?

"you'll be set for any battles against any evildoers whether it be , Aliens, Vampires, Ninjas, Godzilla, Werewolves or White Sharks." - LOL LOL LOL you kill me, Bob LOL LOL...

Oh what a delightful video LOL...it sounds so real LOL LOL and it suggests me that I should continue to be robot-sceptic LOL *nodding*!

I adored this post!!

Have a blessed week, Bob!

Cheers

Bob Johnson said...

Lol Max, yeah, Robots will probably take over us and the world, but I'd rather be taken over by them then evil terrorists, in fact Robots will take care of that problem for us at least,lol. All kidding aside, Robots could so take terrorists one on one, wouldn't even be close.\m/\m/

Anna said...

Hey Bob I forgot to tell you, but Matthew knows the Moon, the birds and planes on the sky. I think the other day he probably wanted me to take the moon and give it to him, lol, as he kept pointing and moving my face toward it, it is usually sign if he want's us to do something, lol. I thought I tell you this....Anna :)

Bob Johnson said...

Lol, hey that is too cute Anna, thanks for sharing.\m/\m/

AngelBaby said...

I wonder if this could ever really happen. Most of the stuff in science fiction movies have come about so is this a warning of what will come next?

Love and Blessings,
AngelBaby

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